New Single Serve Coffee Makers for 2012

If you are thinking about purchasing a new single serve coffee maker, or upgrading an older model, there are a few new models that are due out in 2012 that you may be interested in bringing home. Most notable among these new introductions are the Keurig Vue and the Starbucks Verismo. The Keurig Vue promises more bells and whistles than the company’s current non-commercial brewers, but with a few changes. Starbucks is also jumping into the single serve coffee maker industry, with its release of the Verismo system later this year.

Should you wait until one of these newer models is available, or should you go ahead with one of the tried and true machines currently on the market? To answer this question, it’s important to know what these new models offer, and whether you need these new features or would be just as happy with one of the current single serve coffee maker models that are already available.

Keurig has been making single cup brewing systems since 1998. Since that time, both their commercial and non-commercials brewers have used K-Cups, which are individually packed cups containing coffee grounds. In addition to coffee, there are other K-Cup varieties, including tea, hot cocoa and iced beverages. The Vue is the first machine from Keurig that will not use K-Cups. Instead, this machine will use Vue packs. There are a few reasons for this change, including that Vue packs can brew larger sizes, stronger coffee flavors, and at higher temperatures. Unlike the K-Cups, they can also brew milk-based beverages, which will allow the new Vue V700 Brewing System to make a more diverse range of drinks.

Although the Vue is similar to its older counterparts in that it can brew a quick cup of coffee, it has a few features that set it apart. For one, it can brew a wider range of sizes, as small as four ounces to as great as eighteen ounces. The touch screen on this machine also allows users to customize how strong they want their beverage, as well as the temperature of their drink. This is the first machine from Keurig to offer air infusion, which means the model can also make frothy beverages.

If you are thinking about getting a Keurig machine and if these new features sound appealing to you, you may want to wait for the release of the Vue V700. It should not be too much longer, as the company is promising to release it within the next few weeks. However, before you make a final decision, you should know that this machine does cost more than the other home brewing models, with a suggested retail price of $250. Also, as the Vue Packs are a newer item, do not expect them to be as readily available at stores as the K-Cups. You may need to order them online until there is enough demand for them at brick and mortar retailers.

As mentioned in the introduction, Starbucks is also putting its foot into the single serve coffee maker industry. The company is releasing it Verismo machine this fall. Unfortunately, there is not yet much information available about this machine, so it’s hard to determine how it will stack up against the Vue. However, based on the information that is available, the Verismo will be targeted at espresso and latte drinkers. The machine will use espresso and milk pods and brew at higher pressures than Keurig machines.


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